Apple-Zucchini Bread

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Apple-Zucchini Bread just seems so perfect for this time of year–early fall is when I’m inspired to bake apple-flavored things! This recipe not only has apples, but zucchini, too, which is great–you can never have enough good zucchini recipes for all that zucchini from the garden, can you? Or in my case, from the farmer’s market! This quick bread has a subtle apple flavor and is also flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg. You can add pecans or walnuts in it too (I didn’t add any nuts to the loaf pictured above). It’s a moist, dense loaf on the inside, and a little crispy and crumbly as you cut into it on the outside. Make sure you grease and flour your pan well–I found that I also needed to loosen the edges of the loaf with a knife so it would come out of the pan easily.

Enjoy a slice of this bread for breakfast or an afternoon snack with some coffee, tea, or apple cider. It’s great just as it is, but you could also spread some apple butter on your slices for more apple flavor!

APPLE-ZUCCHINI BREAD by NancyC, adapted from Taste of Home

Makes 1 (8 x 4″) loaf

  • 2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/2 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup light olive oil or non-GMO canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded unpeeled zucchini
  • 1/2 cup shredded peeled apple (I used a Granny Smith apple)
  • Optional: 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease and flour a 8 x 4″ loaf pan well; set aside (If you use a 9 x 5″ loaf pan, your baking time will be a little less, and your loaf will not look quite as full, since it will be a little wider and longer).

In large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

In medium bowl, beat eggs; add oil, sugars, and vanilla, blending well. Pour this mixture over dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in zucchini, apples, and pecans or walnuts, if using (batter will be thick). Spoon batter into your prepared 8 x 4″ loaf pan. Bake at 350˚degrees for 55 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean (if you use a 9 x 5″ pan, your baking time may be more like 50 to 55 minutes).

Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Note: even though I greased and floured my loaf pan, I still had to loosen the edges of the loaf with a knife so it would come out easily.

September has gone by much too fast for me–has it for you, too? The cooler, crisp mornings are really nice, but I do miss the longer days of summer. Are you enjoying autumn, and have you been trying out any new apple recipes?

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Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake

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I think the term “dump cake” is a little misleading–it just doesn’t sound very appetizing! It’s true that you do kind of “dump” most of the ingredients into a large bowl, stir them together, and pour in a pan…and then just sprinkle on the toppings–in this case, dry cake mix, pecans, and toffee bits. With melted butter drizzled over everything. And it turns out so yummy!

There are all kinds of dump cakes you can make, and this Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake is a great one to try out this time of year. The pumpkin, spices, and toffee bits all give this cake a great fall flavor. It’s really more like a pie without the crust than a cake, with a crunchy, nutty topping and pie-like pumpkin filling. If you’re a pumpkin-lover, you will enjoy this recipe. Even people who aren’t crazy about pumpkin pie seem to like this.

PUMPKIN PIE DUMP CAKE by NancyC, adapted from AllRecipes

Makes a 9 x 13″ pan

  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 (15.25 oz.) package yellow cake mix (or use spice cake mix)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup toffee bits
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350˚F degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 13″ pan.

In large bowl, mix pumpkin, light brown sugar, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and salt, blending well. Stir in the evaporated milk, then beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well. Pour pumpkin mixture into prepared pan.

Sprinkle all of the dry yellow cake mix evenly over the pumpkin mixture, then sprinkle the chopped pecans and then the toffee bits evenly over top of cake mix. Drizzle melted butter evenly over everything.

Bake at 350˚F for 60 minutes, until edges are lightly browned (it may be a little soft in the center, but will set as it cools; also, the cake may sink slightly as it cools). Cool for 30 minutes before cutting and serving. You can serve just as it is or with a scoop of ice cream or dollop of whipped cream. And maybe even a drizzle of salted caramel sauce on top if you really want to make it decadent! :) Refrigerate any leftovers.

As I mentioned, this is really more like a pie than a cake, and very easy to make, as all dump cakes are. Have you made a dump cake before? What kinds of ingredients do you like to use in yours?

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